Things started getting a bit blurry after Nicole finished her 2nd leg. I think most of the van fell asleep, well at least I did. Nicole let me use her pillow like 90% of the time, so I was extremely thankful for that! We hit some traffic heading to the final van exchange and Jay was a trooper and got us through it while suffering with no sleep at all.
It was pure daylight by the time we reached the exchange, I hit up the bathroom and was trying to decide if I wanted to try and sleep more. Van 1 of Team Noon was there also, so I decided to stay up and hang out with them while we waited for our runners to come in.
Once we set Tricia off on her final leg, things started moving quickly! We celebrated with Tricia that she was completely done running and then Corey was off. She’s speedy, so my turn was coming up soon. Ready for my 3rd and final leg!
I don’t know why I have a rock and it also looks like I have a shaved head. Jocelyn sprayed me with some sun block and Corey came sprinting in as I was off on my last Hood to Coast leg.
I thought this leg would be a bit easier than it was. It was deceivingly hilly and the sun was very bright and warm, but it was a beautiful leg! I saw cows, lots of fields and pretty hills. This is also the leg where I actually got some roadkill! I think I passed 3 people (all men)! It was the hardest run mentally, I kept repeating to myself, “this is it”, you are DONE after this!
I was forcing myself to appreciate the scenery and to really soak it all in. I started off strong in the beginning, but was definitely slowing down by the end.
This is my Garmin elevation:
This is what HTC said the elevation profile looked like:
There were a lot of rolling hills on Leg 27, but I made it in a decent time and I was so happy to be done!
- Leg #27
- Distance: 5.96
- Time: 54:21
- Avg. Pace: 9:07
I celebrated with a Fat Tire beer and one of the best brownies I’ve ever had!
I’m sure you guys are sick of hearing about HTC by now, so lets wrap this up. The rest of our van finished strong and we celebrated with Team Noon at the last big van exchange. We were all so happy to be done running and heading back to Seaside to shower and wait for the rest of our team to come in and finish.
Team Brunch Finished!
After one of the best showers of my life, I headed over to the beach with everyone else. A bunch of people brought beer over in plastic cups and they apparently weren’t allowed to bring it into the finish area, so I graciously helped everyone drink all of their beer. It’s the nice thing to do, right?
Chillin’ on the beach with the NYC girls!
Eventually our last runner came sprinting in to the finish line and our whole team finished together!
And just like that, we finished Hood to Coast!
We were invited into the Nike tent to eat and drink, so we all headed there after. I ate ribs, beans, and lots of other delicious bbq food. I also had 2 beers and snagged 2 free pint glasses! It was getting cold though, so I headed back to the condos with a few of the other girls where we were just gonna call it a night. Somehow, Corey and Emily convinced me to go out to the bar to continue the celebration!
Lauren and I
This whole experience was one of the best weeks of my life! I know that sounds crazy and maybe a bit dramatic, but it really isn’t. I had so much fun! It was incredible to meet so many amazing women from across the country and to meet everyone at Nuun. I did not want it to end! It was one of the most memorable weekends ever and I feel so lucky and grateful to have been part of it all.
This wraps up the race, but there may or may not be 1 more post about this whole experience.